Jackpot drug dealer is jailed after police raid

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A GANGSTER’S son has been jailed after using his mum’s £1m lottery win to bankroll a heroin deal in Wigan.

Mandy Burgess is widow of late Manchester crime boss Damian Noonan and aunt of killer Kiaran Stapleton, who was jailed for life last year for shooting Indian student Anuj Bidve. She hit the Euromillions jackpot after son Desmond Noonan was released from an 18-month stretch for carjacking.

Within weeks of release, the 29-year-old splashed out on an Audi Q7 and a house in the leafy Manchester suburb of Worsley with the £340,000 share his mother gave him.

It has now emerged that Noonan also invested the winnings in a plot to sell heroin in Wigan. But police had him under surveillance and arrested him with two pals moments after they collected 250g of the drug in Werneth, Oldham. Prosecutor Henry Blackshaw told Manchester Crown Court the drugs could have fetched £15,000.

Noonan has now been jailed for five years after admitting possessing heroin with intent to supply and possessing 20g of cannabis found at his Old Clough Lane home. Christopher Perry, of no fixed address, was jailed for four years and 10 months after admitting possessing heroin with intent to supply, a separate offence of cultivating a £30,000 cannabis farm, and possessing heroin and cocaine. And driver Graham Beaumont, of Somerset Avenue, Tyldesley, was jailed for two years after admitting possessing heroin with intent.

The court heard that the deal was Noonan’s attempt to help out pal Perry, who was in debt to organised criminals in Salford. Perry faced violent reprisals from the gangsters after raiding their cannabis farm of 90 plants. He ended up in hospital after being attacked with a machete, and was then forced to run a new cannabis farm. His problems deepened when police seized the replacement crop, and he moved to Wigan in a bid to start again.

But his underworld creditors tracked him down and ordered him to repay the debt by supplying heroin for them in his new town.

Perry then turned to well-connected pal Noonan for help. Noonan agreed to finance a drug deal which would help Perry make some money for himself and reduce his debt quicker.

Adrian Farrow, defending dad-of-two Noonan, said: “Mr Perry was under some pressure, and Mr Noonan had the good fortune to be the recipient of a significant amount of money as a result of the good luck of his mother.”